Confederate Veteran
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Confederate Veteran, cover dated May 1893
EditorFrank B. Powell III
Former editorsS. A. Cunningham
Edith D. Pope
FounderS. A. Cunningham
Final issueStill in print

The Confederate Veteran was a magazine about veterans of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War of 1861–1865, propagating the myth of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. It was instrumental in popularizing the legend of Sam Davis.[1] A subsequent magazine of the same title is still in print, and is an official publication of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.[2]


The Confederate Veteran was founded by S. A. Cunningham in Nashville, Tennessee in 1893.[3][4][5] Initially, it began as a fundraising newsletter for the construction of a monument in honor of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States, in Richmond, Virginia.[3][4] Its first issue included several articles about Jefferson Davis written by Cunningham, Abram Joseph Ryan's poem entitled, The Conquered Banner,[5] and an article about the town of Lexington, Virginia written by J. William Jones, a Southern Baptist minister.[4]

The magazine became "the official organ first of the United Confederate Veterans and later of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Confederate Southern Memorial Society."[5] Over the years, the magazine became "one of the New South's most influential monthlies."[3] Through it, Cunningham became a leader of the Lost Cause movement.[3] It had a readership of over 20,000 by 1900.[4] After Cunningham's death in 1913, the second editor was Edith D. Pope. The magazine ceased publication in 1932.[3] The magazine came back into publication in 1984.[6]

Another magazine of the same name is still currently in print by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. This current incarnation of Confederate Veteran Magazine is printed 6 times per year, and is mailed to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. An online digital version is also available. Subscriptions to the magazine can be purchased by non-members.

See also


  1. ^ Wilson, Charles Reagan (2009). Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause 1865-1920. Athens: University of Georgia Press. pp. 53–54.
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  3. ^ a b c d e Simpson, John A. (December 25, 2009). "Sumner A. Cunningham". The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Tennessee Historical Society & University of Tennessee Press. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Goff, Reda C. (Spring 1972). "The Confederate Veteran Magazine". Tennessee Historical Quarterly. 31 (1): 45–60. JSTOR 42623281.
  5. ^ a b c Evans, Josephine King (Winter 1989). "Nostalgia for a Nickel: The "Confederate Veteran"". Tennessee Historical Quarterly. 48 (4): 238–244. JSTOR 42626824.
  6. ^ "Confederate Veteran archives".

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